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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1987-09-20


Topics Live concert


Finiculi Finicula, Addam's Family, Jack Straw-> West L.A. Fadeaway, My Brother Esau, Far From Me, It Must Have Been The Roses, Desolation Row, Might As Well-> Promised Land Hell In A Bucket, Iko Iko, Looks Like Rain-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Jam-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E:Touch Of Gray-> E: Brokedown Palace


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location New York, NY

Source Master PCM>?>DAT>SONIC SOLUTIONS>CD>CD > EAC[secure] > SHN

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Reviews

Reviewer: Anchovy Rancher - - October 24, 2014
Subject: At Least I'm Enjoying The Echo
Yep, there it is, somebody found the digital echo fader for Bobby's vocal mic at the end of Hell In A Bucket again..."Wow, man, I feel like I'm inside of a long secret hallway at Fort Funston or something..."

Enjoyable show. Well recorded. Someone suggested I listen to it and I'm glad they did.
Reviewer: BIG_R - - February 7, 2010
Subject: 9-20-87
Good show. Good sound.
Reviewer: pnc - - March 8, 2008
Subject: Might As Well...
pretty much rocks. I always liked this show--I almost always dug first sets without the cowboy tunes (nothing against the cowboy tunes, really, but it just meant a different line up would be played). And while the second set is not a whopper or anything, I think its pretty good overall. Hell is very good, and I like LLR here (as I did that night). It may have been the second to worst of that MSG run, but it was still pretty damn good.

Good sound--which is really what we are here for...brings it up to 4 stars for me.
Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - - November 15, 2007
Subject: the best of 87
This is a great show all around.Best of 87,right up there with Hartford
Reviewer: chuck35 - - February 18, 2006
Subject: Never Had Such A Good Time!!!!!
I'd like to have it one time more. Man I still miss these guys.
Reviewer: gphishmon - - January 23, 2006
Subject: I was at this show, and ...
... it's a perfect example of how inconsistent the Dead could be in the 80's. The first song of each set SMOKES; too bad the rest of the show is well below average. The song selection of the first set and second set pre-drums does nothing for me; I always regarded second set LLR as apostacy. It could still be OK if they'd done a hot jam out of He's Gone, but they did NO jam. I think after 4 prior shows at the Garden, they were ready to blow out of town.

On listening to the post-drums segment, I realize that it's a bit better than I gave it credit for at the time. Throwing Stones is particularly hot. TOO is hot, but way TOO short. Wharf Rat and NFA are pretty much pro-forma. NFA has a nice little organ solo but no Jerry at the end. I'd say it's about a 2 1/2 star show.

There are plenty of better 1987 shows out there --most of them, in fact -- but download the audience recordings of Jack Straw and Hell in a Bucket, with maybe the Roses to stick in between those two, and use them as filler. Maybe the post-drums segment as well. But DO get 9/18 and 9/19.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - - September 22, 2005
Subject: Feels like the fifth show of this quintuplet
1st Set: Aftet two glorious nights in a row, we're starting out just happy to be in each others lives once more: "Funiculi" and goofy "Adams." The warm feelings tide over a lovely "Jack." "West" charges ahead with typical winds. "Esau" manages to be more pokily playful than usual yet they're losing confidence in the song. "Far" is blandly pleasant. "Roses" is as delicately slight as ever even if Jerry's trying. "Desolation" continues the plight of resigned and sober. It's fine as is the somewhat perkier, goofy & brightly Brent tinged "Might." Oh no, we're not finished as the unexpected segue into "Promised" is a good if unspectacular bonus.

2nd Set: "Hell" roars out of the gate. Silly and Brent's Hammond voices liven up an otherwise standard "Iko." There's been a plainness to the first two entries that do not require them as being labeled, 'must listen.' "LLR" is the correct option due to this being our final evening together. Great note effort by Jerry during the 3:10's...overall quite moving though the distortion on Bobby's voice is alienating. What are those brief carnivalesque tones on "He's Gone?" I kinda like the whimsy it provides. Anyways, the tinny sound of this recording lessens the brooding grit the song requires to be compelling. "Drums" enters the picture without a spacey jam. Speaking of 'spacey' the noise is entering and exiting my aural frame at such jarring moments, it has my absolute attention, even if it's not particularly melodious. The middle and end of "Space" get all bogged down in redundant riffs off of "TOO." Naively intuitive, they know that its appearance won't shock, so they just unload the loud artillery and bombard you. Never trippy, it's a blast of terse appropriation. Bobby's demonizing is just cheesy. "Wharf" is such a masterpiece of clarity, any version if performed competently will impress at a certain point during the version. This one hits you mid-way through, the rest is average. Bobby is annoyingly over-compensating for his diminished voice during "Throwing." Lots of unfocused energy populates. Possibly realizing they're not bordering on brilliance, there's a confidence brewing from this better executed "NFA." Bobby's got no power either as his outro is peep-y. Who's providing those funny as heck noises? Nice slide effect accenuates a repeat perf of "Touch." "Breakdown" is given a tender, gracious performance.

3 1/4 stars
Reviewer: touch heads rule - - April 1, 2005
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Reviewer: cheepnis - - February 3, 2005
Subject: Can't forget the Brokedown
I agree with Terrapin's review although I enjoyed the opening of the show as much as the 2nd set quad. This was my 3rd show and the first time really feelin' it! I always appreciated the pathos of the Brokedown and cherished it at the end of a long run like the 5 show '87 MSG circus. This run was a significant boost to the band's resurgence and laid the groundwork for acceptance of the deadhead invasion among the midtown yuppie set and sports nuts who rarely liked anyone infringing on their turf.
Reviewer: Terrapin31590 - - September 27, 2004
Subject: Enjoyin' the Ride
This show is all about the Hell>Iko>LLRain>He's Gone quad to open the 2d set. Healy lets loose with the echo chamber during a spirited Hell in a Bucket, bouncing Weir off all the corners of MSG while revving the motorcycle sound effects. Not to be outdone JG nails Iko to a cross and adds on several choruses at the end. Weir responds, LLRain anyone? Garcia is more than willing to assist, bending a note about 3 1/2 minutes in that lasts about 6 seconds and will give you chills. Things seriously melt down at the end of LL Rain when the echoes return, Weir screaming about CAN"T STAND THE RAIN .. Mydland furiously pounding out the keys, Garcia an endless flow of notes and peaks to match the echoes reverberating through Healy's echo chamber. The full freak. Before the crowd can even catch it's breath Garcia is break neck into a spot on He's gone that just wails at the vocal jam at the end of nuthin gonna bring him back. The back end of the set is good if standard, two couples, 01>rat and TStones>NFA.

Decent first set with some noodling before the show starts, but get this for the 1st part of the 2d set, throw some ear buds in and enjoy.

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